Exploring the Ile de la Cité
Published on Friday, 15 february 2019 in Paris otherwise...
Leaving the Hotel Les Bulles de Paris, join the Rue Saint-Jacques, go down to the Seine, cross the Petit-Pont and you're there! In just ten minutes of walking, you will discover ancient Lutetia, the Roman heart of Paris, the Ile de la Cité...
The must-see places on the Ile de la Cité
On the 22.5 hectares of this island in the Seine are concentrated several of the most emblematic monuments of Paris. Visit Notre-Dame Cathedral, immortalised in print by Victor Hugo. The Gothic architecture, steeple, stained glass, rose windows and, of course, the renowned gargoyles of this stunning building never cease to amaze. Then head to the Conciergerie, the former prison where Marie Antoinette was incarcerated before her execution. Finish with the Sainte-Chapelle, the magnificent royal chapel built by King Louis IX to house his collection of Passion relics.
An incomparable atmosphere
The Ile de la Cité is where the medieval city of Paris began. Away from the Parvis de Notre-Dame and Boulevard du Palais you will discover a different aspect of this ancient isle. The quiet streets are lined with charmingly picturesque old buildings that evoke thoughts of the lovers Abelard and Héloïse, as well as Henri IV. Having admired the imposing architecture of the Pont Neuf, the oldest bridge in Paris, take a seat in the Square du Vert-Galant at the westernmost tip of the island to enjoy a unique view of the city and the boats plying the Seine. It’s the perfect place to relax or share a romantic moment.
The Ile de la Cité is the heart of Paris in every sense of the word. Whether you are passionate about history or just enjoy a delightful walk, this island in the Seine offers a fascinating experience just a stone’s throw from your Hotel Les Bulles de Paris.
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